Tamil Nadu Government unveils its logistic policy and aims to reduce costs

The Government of Tamil Nadu has issued Logistics Policy and Integrated Logistics Plan 2023.

The vision of Tamil Nadu Logistics Policy 2023 is “to promote an integrated, reliable, cost-effective and sustainable logistics system in the state for improved competitiveness and accelerated economic development of the state”.

The Tamil Nadu Integrated Logistics Plan (TNILP), 2023, comprises a strategic plan for the next 10 years – outlining identified interventions, their intended outcomes, timelines as well as the key actors responsible for their implementation.

The policy aims to reduce logistics costs (for export-import as well as domestic freight) in the state; Use of private participation for the development of logistics infrastructure; and Formulation of an effective coordination mechanism between government and central agencies to facilitate and implement initiatives in the logistics sector.

The Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN), in consultation with relevant stakeholders, will assess the connectivity gaps in existing industrial clusters, agricultural gathering/processing centers, fisheries/marine clusters, animal husbandry clusters and logistics terminals/infrastructure and prioritize road connectivity development . For rail connectivity, GoTN will support the identification of connectivity gaps and coordinate implementation with the Department of Railways.

The GoTN will identify unused factory buildings within the existing business parks/business parks/clusters in the country and make them available for logistic activities wherever possible. It will identify and designate land parcels of at least 50 acres for the development of multi-modal logistics parks/logistics parks/warehouse clusters/private freight terminals (PFT). Such projects are preferably developed through private participation.

The state, through the Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation, in coordination with the Logistics Sector Skill Council, will identify skill gaps and logistics occupations that are expected to be in high demand in the future and create a Logistics Sector Skill Plan for the state. It will encourage the implementation of logistics sector-specific courses and skills programs in the state in coordination with the Logistics Sector Skills Council and educational institutions and government agencies at the state and state levels.

The GoTN will also look into providing health and medical insurance for state-registered heavy-duty drivers at a nominal cost.

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